Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Maple Tree Montessori will be CLOSED today, December 18th, due to the weather.

Thursday, December 12, 2013


Pin Pushing Stars
 Snippets from the week.  So much making going on and feeling so much JOY in our classroom these days.
Painting Stars

Pinecone weaving

Stringing Popcorn garland

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Star Light, Star Bright

 It is Crafty Crazy at the school right now.  I love how much fun this month is and how these small changes in our montessori environment inspire and excite everyone.  A while ago I asked for egg cartons.  I saw this beautiful art activity on a blog and I knew that I wanted to make them for our trees this year.  It was a ton of prep on my end last Sunday and after I made 27 I enlisted my son to finish things up for me.  The tutorial can be found HERE.

 So while we did prep these egg carton stars, the children did paint and add glitter.  Take a moment to notice how beautiful they are.  I love all the endless possibilities for making things with egg cartons.  It's one of the best craft materials!

Friday, December 6, 2013

This Week...

 Yesterday I spent my morning at Cork Street and I brought a big bag of wool with me.  I've been teaching needle felting at my daughter's school once a week during lunch and it has been so much fun.  With all the pin pushing work going on at Maple Tree I thought some of the children would really enjoy trying needle felting.  Thank you to my dear friend Jana for the beautifully dyed roving!!
 For the most part the children really enjoyed this. It was a bit tricky to have them work with out a template or a guide.  I notice that making a shape free form was challenging.  I loved that it pushed them all to think about how they would make their shapes.  It really was a great activity.

Sensory basket for sorting work and free play

 We are working on snowmen magnets as Christmas gifts!  They will be laminated and magnets attached.  We were gifted with a stack of magnets and that was awesome!

Lots of card making

Snowman by Frances complete with a flower on his hat!

Tree by Eli

Tree by Hugo
I am hoping to turn these beautiful needle felted projects into hanging ornaments for the giving tree.